The other day, after spending some time in the garden enjoying the bee chorus and the blue, spring flowers, I felt inspired to refill my vases. My little flower containers have been empty and neglected in recent weeks, through lack of time and inspiration, but when the bees sang their songs, and the flowers waved and swayed and entranced my senses, my hands and heart were set in motion; picking and sorting, and putting a stem here and turning another there, until every bloom and piece of foliage ‘felt’ right to my own peculiar sensibilities; my own perception, and understanding, of how each precious creation should be honoured.
And this is what came about:
and, finally, this.
Then, with the vases set before me, I sat for a while and enjoyed delightful moments of ‘squee’ at the incredible, intricate gorgeousness of the petals and leaves. And, THAT, if we are to believe (and I do) The Botany of Desire , by Michael Pollan, is most likely what the flowers and plants want me to do; squee!!! These flowers, this foliage, are designed, and created, to appeal to the same nurturing part of every individual that makes us love puppies and kittens and babies, and, maybe, bees with their sweet, good honey. Something in the plant’s genetic code reaches out to ours, and, if we are willing and open to persuasion, it allows us to work together on a beautiful, mutually beneficial arrangement. For, in this modern age, our lives are impossible, one without the other. Or, so I believe 🙂